Action on Climate Change

St Anne’s Scottish Episcopal and Methodist Church, Dunbar have joined with other congregations to challenge their MSPs to work towards strengthening the new Climate Change Bill.  Specifically they have asked MSPs to consider including in the Bill the following
measures advocated by Stop Climate Chaos Scotland:

1.  Stronger emissions targets, so that Scotland can responsibly deliver
its fair share of the Paris Agreement reductions and help avert
irreversible global warming, namely:
– An emissions reduction of 77% (on 1990 levels) by 2030.
– Net-zero greenhouse-gas emissions by 2050 at the latest.

2.  Measures to ensure that all homes can achieve a minimum Energy
Performance Certificate rating C by 2025, to cut emissions, tackle fuel
poverty, and create jobs.

3.  As a step towards cutting emissions from agriculture, to introduce a
Nitrogen Balance Sheet for Scotland by 2020.

4.  Measures to ensure that future finance budgets are consistent with
climate-change targets by legally linking budget planning to the climate
change plan and by establishing an independent Low Carbon Infrastructure
Commission to help plan and monitor new infrastructure projects.

Stephen Curran, Manager at Eco Congregation Scotland, said it was ‘great to see St Anne’s engaging with [their] MSPs as a church and very active Eco-Congregation’. St Anne’s Scottish Episcopal and Methodist Church recently hosted an ‘Unwasted Day’ with East Lothian Council and Surfers Against Sewage, which sought to exchange ideas on how to ‘reduced, reuse or recycle’.

For more information on Eco Congregation Scotland visit their website.

For more information on Stop Climate Chaos Scotland visit their website.

Welcome to Forth Valley Circuit

On 1st September 2017, the former Edinburgh & Forth Circuit and Central Scotland Circuit merged to become Forth Valley Circuit.

The Circuit now compromises Armadale Methodist Church, City of Edinburgh Methodist Church, Grahamston United Parish Church, Granton United Church, Kirkcaldy Methodist Church, Livingston United Parish Church, Rosyth Methodist Church, St Anne’s Church in Dunbar, Stirling Methodist Church, Tranent with Cockenzie Methodist Church and Wallacestone Methodist Church.

The Circuit webpages will be updated as soon as possible. In the meantime, please enjoy the gallery of pictures showing the beauty of the Circuit.

If you have any questions about the Forth Valley Circuit, please contact the Circuit office in the first instance, on 0131 662 8635 or forthvalleycircuit@gmail.com.

First Court Listening Service in Scotland

 

The first court Listening Service in Scotland – intended to help people who may be upset or uncertain about attending a court – has been officially launched at the Edinburgh Sheriff and Justice of the Peace Court.

The Listening Service has been established by the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service in association with the Edinburgh Interfaith Association. It is staffed by volunteers organised by the Association, a body made up of representatives from the different religious traditions in the city. The initiative provides an independent confidential listening and support service to all court users.

The Edinburgh service is only the second in the UK taking up an idea first established in Bradford where a similar service is operating in the Magistrates and Crown Court. The concept is to help people who may feel the need to talk to someone during what can be an unknown and stressful experience of attending court.

The idea to set up the service came from the Rev Andrew Letby of the Edinburgh and Forth Circuit Methodist Church after he heard of the experiences of a couple in his congregation who had attended court for a case involving their son and felt the need for someone to talk to and help them understand a process they had never encountered before.

Volunteers has been recruited and trained for the new service. They are present in court at busy times and can speak to court users of all faiths – or none – who wish to engage with the service. Court users can also be referred to the service by court officials and partner agencies staff. The volunteers provide a listening ear for those who want to talk; help court users find their way around the building; or refer them on to other organisations and services if appropriate.

Welcoming the initiative Edinburgh Interim Sheriff Clerk Les McIntosh said: “Having someone available to listen can be a real comfort at a stressful time and we are pleased to be leading the way by making this new service available at the court. This initiative has the full backing of Sheriff Principal Mhairi Stephen, QC, and has the potential to provide a valuable service to court users, particularly those attending for the first time or those who are distressed or upset.”